Call for Papers – Global Ethical Framework
(A sum of Rs 2000 will be awarded for the selected paper)
In the face of seemingly intractable conflicts and global development challenges, there is a clear need for spiritual leadership to guide our global community.
The current interfaith movement has been instrumental in forging a more positive environment of mutual respect and understanding that has helped to reduce the circumstances leading to violent conflict.
In the last 20 years, many interfaith leaders have aspired to a higher goal transcendent of mere tolerance and co-existence, and toward building partnerships for the common social good based on shared values. For such efforts to be effective and sustainable, we believe that consensus around a global ethic is essential.
There have been numerous efforts to establish such a global ethic through projects that range from the “Towards a Declaration of a Global Ethic,” “Charter for Compassion,” “Center for a Global Ethic”, etc. Though leading political, economic and religious figures including the Dalai Lama, Hans Kung, Leonard Swidler, Karen Armstrong, among many others, have actively advocated for such a global ethic, still wider consensus has not been achieved.
To fulfill this aspiration for a global ethic, we believe it is essential to build both active grassroots engagement as well as broad-based support of religious institutions.
One element that has impeded the process toward a global ethic is the little considered yet essential role that spirituality and religion play in forging an ethical foundation for any society. There are expressions of faith that can be understood not as dogma, but rather as social conscience, which is necessary to the practice of good citizenship in a civil society.
Without understanding this, efforts to establish global ethics typically gravitate toward the mundane language of secular political policy only while overlooking the necessary and essential contributions those who with some form of spiritual or religious identity, who comprise some 85% of the world’s population.
Moreover, without a common vision to hold together the breadth of the diverse human family in “unity in diversity,” the effort to agree upon a global ethical framework becomes, as it has been, disconnected from current realities and unable to address issues with any real depth or clarity.
It is for these reasons that we work first with spiritual leaders, the moral authorities within their respective faith traditions, and to invite them to consider this global vision of “One Family under God” and the expressions of universal principles and shared values from within their own traditions. We believe this should be the primary work of building a global vision and ethical framework.
Why One Family Under God?
Excerpt from a speech on One Family under God by Dr. Hyun Jin P. Moon in Abuja, Nigeria (2013):
Moral leadership is more precious for the future of a nation than gold, diamonds or oil under the soil. It is guided by a common vision that reflects the most fundamental human aspirations, conforms to the universal spiritual principles that govern human life, and is expressed in shared moral values that can ultimately form a global ethic.
That vision is the simple yet profound idea that all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or culture, are members of One Family under God.
This proposition has implicit within it certain fundamental principles:-
- First, each human being has unique value and dignity from the Creator and should be treated accordingly.
- Second, we share a common Source or Origin, and as expressed in the American Declaration of Independence, “all men are created equal and are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights.” These rights originate with the Creator and cannot be removed or denied by any government or other human institution.
- Third, as members of one family sharing a common origin, we also share a common responsibility for one another and for the fate of our common destinies.
Developing a Global Ethical Framework: Building the Vision, Principles and Values of One Family under God
We believe that the vision of One Family Under God is both relevant to and has resonance with people all around the world. Moreover, we believe that the essence of this ideal is expressed within the different spiritual and religious traditions. Significantly, this essentially moral vision includes implicit universal principles that could inform efforts to build a global ethical framework. Yet, we recognize that these ideas must be articulated by scholars and practitioners with the particular language of each tradition (for example, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – “the world is one family” in India) and transmitted to a local community through the process of sustained interfaith dialogue.
Building One Family Under God in India
(The paper should answer these questions)
• Why is “OFUG” relevant to India society?
• ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ is noted to mean “world is one family.” What does this mean to you? How does this idea affect Indian society?
• Are there important symbols or images that point to the importance of faith and family in India?
• What are the critical issues that India faces in terms of identity-based conflict or corruption?
• Are there stories or important public figures in India that have played a role in pushing forward a culture of harmony and cooperation across lines of identity?
• What are some unique contributions India can make in service to greater Asia or the world? What is the ‘Indian Dream’?
• What has your faith and your life experiences as an Indian revealed to you about the cause of conflict? What unique contributions can Indians make with regard to solutions to such conflicts?
• Martin Luther King, Jr. frequently mentioned Gandhi as a model for his peaceful non-violent strategies for social change. What does the world still not understand about Gandhi and his work for peace?
• When the issue of religious terrorism & extremism is discussed, very few people would think of the faiths of India in that manner. Why is that so and what can the world learn from this?
• What spiritual principles have contributed to the rapid development of India? What is the proper role of religious faith in civil society?
• Last date for Paper submission is December 12, 2015
• Notification of selected Papers is December 14, 2015
Only MS Word document file will be accepted for paper submission.
All contributors must upload their presentation via Global Peace Foundation India website.
The committee from Global Peace Foundation will evaluate all the paper and make selections. All authors will be notified after the selection process. A detailed program of presentations and events will be provided prior to the conference. A projector and screen will be provided in the presentation room.
Paper Submission Form
In case of any query please contact the Conference Secretary:
Mr. Dhruba Prasad Lamichhane